A five-a-side football tournament, organised by Milton Keynes-based gaming company Praesepe, which took place on Saturday 18th June at Powerleague in Fyfield Barrow has raised over £18,000 for CHIPS – a charity founded by the casino and gaming industry which provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.
Seamers, a team representing staff from supplier J Seamer & Son Ltd family joinery business, took the glory after beating 18 teams from up and down the country.
Phil Gibbs, marketing manager for Praesepe said: “This annual fundraiser was another huge success and the £18,000 raised was a combination of generous sponsorship from various suppliers, customers, employees, their family and friends. We are very grateful as the money is going to such a good cause which does so much for disadvantaged children.”
Thanks to the joint fundraising of staff and customers Praesepe, which operates Cashino and sister company Beacon Bingo, has so far raised over £500,000 and presented over 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since it began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.
The football event was attended by eight year old Faye Baggaley, from Derby, who recently became the company’s 100th recipient to receive a customised powered wheelchair in a special House of Commons ceremony with Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP.
Faye suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy and is unable to walk unaided or use a manual wheelchair. Having outgrown her previous powered chair, also provided by Cashino, Faye needed a new one but chairs available on the NHS were not adequate for her needs.
Faye presented the prizes at the event with Praesepe CEO Nick Harding.
Nick Harding said: “It was great to see Faye again and we’re delighted she is so happy with her new chair.”
Co-founder of CHIPS charity, Linda Lindsay added: “It’s thanks to these fundraising events that we are able to help so many young people, like Faye, change their lives. It is such a fantastic total which is truly appreciated by all of us here at CHIPS and the wheelchair recipients themselves.”